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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for indie rock band was co-produced with Dave Fridmann.
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I Ain't the One
When the moon is rising and looking on me When the night comes knocking, knocking on me I say, I ain't the one I say, I ain't the one I ain't the one... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Mar 16, 2017
    100
    Hot Thoughts is loaded with tunes, invention and adventure.
  2. Mar 15, 2017
    91
    [Britt Daniel's] big statement is his Body of Work, of which every fine part adds up to a greater sum. Here comes another one.
  3. Mar 15, 2017
    89
    ts sleek, dance-oriented patina veers appreciably from the linear evolution of the Austinites' previous output. This might be Spoon's most radio-friendly release ever, and given its jarring position in the catalog, their most adventurous.
  4. Mar 3, 2017
    80
    Spoon have been together for over 20 years now, yet it’s clear from this ninth full-length that their inspiration remains plentiful. In fact, Hot Thoughts is a surge of vivid creativity that veers between straightforward indie-pop and more experimental art pop.
  5. Mar 15, 2017
    80
    Whilst Hot Thoughts may divide fans, it stands as proof that class is permanent. Spoon are still one of the most forward-thinking rock bands around, and we’re still very lucky to have them 25 years later.
  6. Mar 13, 2017
    80
    While this may not be the most cohesive record that Spoon have ever produced, it is one brimming with ideas (one might say overflowing), and serves as testament that more than 20 years into their career this is still a band with plenty to say.
  7. Mar 17, 2017
    58
    Spoon is a master of hooky songwriting, but Hot Thoughts seems so bent on undermining it that the band undersells itself. Maybe Hot Thoughts is an apt title after all--it’s got great ideas, but the execution is lacking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 17, 2017
    10
    Spoon just keeps getting better and better! Standout tracks aside (and they're phenomenal), it's the un-typical Spoon tracks that get me. AndSpoon just keeps getting better and better! Standout tracks aside (and they're phenomenal), it's the un-typical Spoon tracks that get me. And also, the last track IS NOT a weak Radiohead ripoff (cough cough, Mappes' terrible review and harbinger of Pitchfork's long-foreseen demise) it's bloody beautiful Britt & co.
    And btw, what's with the "small stakes" refs all over the place for this album? Spoon has been life-and-death stakes since Kill the Moonlight! Don't read reviews, go to shows. See Britt jump. Jump Britt. Jump.
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  2. Mar 17, 2017
    10
    Spoon's latest LP is packed with surprises yet remains familiar. Draws on the simple yet stunning melodies that rocked their early career andSpoon's latest LP is packed with surprises yet remains familiar. Draws on the simple yet stunning melodies that rocked their early career and pulls from more modern influences. Drumbeats that feel hip-hoppy, electronic manipulation that puts us in the Radiohead world, and a haunting sax to close the whole thing out. But there's no denying it's Spoon through and through. Best songs include "Do I Have to Talk You into It?" and "Tear It Down." Makes me want to get up and dance. Waiting for that final song "Us" to end up in the Twin Peaks revival. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2017
    10
    It is very exciting to hear Spoon constantly evolving on every new album (especially after 20+ years.) They strike a great balance ofIt is very exciting to hear Spoon constantly evolving on every new album (especially after 20+ years.) They strike a great balance of experimentation and accessibility on Hot Thoughts and Dave Fridmann's production is layered but subtle. The best band in America? Yes. Expand
  4. peo
    Apr 9, 2017
    8
    This guys always sounds different and i appreciate that so much , especially when they usually do things right and personally this album hasThis guys always sounds different and i appreciate that so much , especially when they usually do things right and personally this album has for me their perfect sound i know that this album its too far to be their best record but i wanna see more . Another point to emphasize , they sounds so fresh and original at their 40's.
    Personal Favs
    -Hot thoughts
    -Do I Have to Talk You Into It
    -I Ain't the One
    -WhisperI'lllistentohearit
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  5. Jun 21, 2017
    8
    It’s hard to believe indie rock greats, Spoon, have been around for over 20 years, considering that bands five years their junior are alreadyIt’s hard to believe indie rock greats, Spoon, have been around for over 20 years, considering that bands five years their junior are already embarking on “classic” album tours. To put it simply, Spoon has yet to cash in on their "classics" because their latest output, despite the band's age, is still good. Although their last two LPs, Transference and They Want My Soul, felt a bit too familiar, it still saw the band staying relevant in a time where many of their contemporaries disappeared into obscurity. Their latest release, Hot Thoughts, is a refreshing change of pace in that it’s a majorly up-tempo affair that focuses its efforts entirely on mood and groove.

    Spoon are no strangers to throwing in a couple of dancey tracks that “hit [you] like a tom” on their albums, but on their latest record they seem to be making it their major. A lot of these up-tempo numbers tastefully sugar its propulsive rhythm with tropical instrumentation, giving the album a pastel colored punch. Just listen to “Last Caress” and “Hot Thoughts” and try not to get up and bust a move (and if you’re me- bust your ass shortly afterwards). In contrast, “Do I Have To Talk You Into It,” slows things down to caveman-like waltz, but is so buried in groove that it'd take a gravedigger to unearth Britt Daniel and company.

    On every Spoon album, there’s always at least one song that dedicates itself entirely to atmosphere. These songs employ what I’ve come to coin as the Ghost of You Lingers Method. Before some knowledge is dropped on your beautiful face, first revisit the Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga classic.

    As you can imply, these types of songs are chorus-less, driven by a simple, repetitive melody whose sole purpose is to set a particular mood. As they progress, various instrumentation/vocals will be added in, piece by piece, in such a way that the track ends up feeling much bigger than it did in its outset. “Pink Up” and “Whisper…” employ this method to varying degrees. The latter follows a looped electronic for a while until eventually breaking into conventional guitar/drum interplay, while the former spends its entirety contemplating in its sultry, yet mysterious atmosphere. Nonetheless, interspersing these atmospheric songs between the more conventional ones gives the album a greater space to breathe.

    The problems with this record are minimal. There are certain artistic choices that might raise an eyebrow, e.g. the mechanical drumming on “I Ain’t The One,” but they’re easy to look past. The bigger problem comes with the tracks that waste their momentum. “Can I Sit Next To You” would be a funky romp if it wasn't stuck in lyrical limbo, with Daniel forever declaring how he’s going to “get kicks in the night” and “walk a tight rope." “Shotgun” on the other hand, comes up short musically. It gallops with great fervor, but because it doesn’t vary its sounds, does so without a destination in mind.

    It doesn’t feel that long ago, I was laying in my bed obnoxiously singing along to “Japanese Cigarette Case,” for what seemed like the billionth time to my Freshman year roommates (sorry Marcus and Brad). Although Hot Thoughts might not feel as anthemic as some of their greater works, it will still have you playing your favorite tracks on infinite repeat to someone's dismay. Overall, this vibrant, energetic sound is a welcome push in a new direction for the band. Hopefully, it's more than enough to keep them from embarking on that nostalgia tour for another couple of years.
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  6. Apr 30, 2017
    8
    Few other records manage to concoct rock and electronic music that effortlessly than Hot Thoughts. Each track is the vivid proof of someFew other records manage to concoct rock and electronic music that effortlessly than Hot Thoughts. Each track is the vivid proof of some pretty well-executed and produced idea and, above all, just people who know how to do things having real fun together. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2017
    0
    this is a horrible cd, this brand produces nothing but garbage, they are extremely overrated, linkin park and lil wayne are much better thanthis is a horrible cd, this brand produces nothing but garbage, they are extremely overrated, linkin park and lil wayne are much better than these frauds! Expand

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